Pickup truck disappointment

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by IveofIone, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. _WW_

    _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    I use this truck for exactly what Ive mentioned. It sits at home most of the time and only goes to the dump or the river/lake. The mileage is only around 17mpg - but it gets me there and gets me back. It's a 94 Nissan and only has around 120k on it. I can sleep in it in bear country or pack everything I need for several weeks in it. And I don't need a step ladder to get into it.
    I may drive it forever since you can't buy anything like it anymore.

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  2. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    I agree, cars nowadays for the most part suck.
     
  3. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Reading through this I began to question my F-150. We have two Foresters, a '98 and a 2011. The '98 we bought new and it has around 135k on the clock. I have replaced the head gasket and a few other bits and pieces, but it's been relatively trouble free. It's now my work car since the Mrs. bought herself the 2011.

    I use my truck like a truck but not that often. It's a 2008 that only has 32K on it's clock. The biggest load I haul with it is firewood and a pallet of pressed logs about twice each winter. Other than that I haul fishing and hunting gear, not exactly heavy, but sometimes it takes up a lot of space.

    I did a quick check on the towing capacity of the Foresters and a 2.5ltr will only tow 1500 pounds with a 200 pound tongue weight limit. I could sell the '98 and the F-150 and pick up a low mile 2013 with little or no out of pocket. But...no more hauling a ton of wood or pressed logs. I'd have to borrow or rent for the day. I could get a utility trailer for the gear hauling and the ATV or riding mower. That would be the answer to hauling light but bulky items.

    I'm just not sure that's an answer to a question that I may not have right now. I'm gonna ponder the subject and see what rolls out...
     
  4. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    '07 F150 4x4 supercab 5.4 liter. Love this truck. Second F150 4x4 in this config. First one I put 218,000 miles on it and it ran just as good when I traded it as when I bought it. The second one I bought used with just over 6000 miles on for about 12 grand less than new price. It now has 80,000 on it without a hiccup. I have looked at the little trucks and my dog won't fit in the back nor can they pull my boat. I guess I could get by with an SUV but I haul all kinds of crap and having a slobbering, soaking wet, 190 pound newf sharing the seat with you is a bit unpleasant. An economical diesel truck in a configuration similar to the F150 4x4 supercab would be welcome. It would still need to be big enough to haul my dog in the back and pull my boat up a muddy, snow covered launch or it is useless to me.
     
  5. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Gene, Where were you with this advice back when I bought my 2006 1 ton.
     
  6. Bruce Baker

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    Back in October I bought a Chevy Silverado 4X4. I sold my 2000 GMC Jimmy and traded in my 2007 Silverado (2X4). When I was shopping I was also looking at SUVs. What I didn't like about SUVs was if stuff stunk, you smelled it. I could throw in my float tube, but not fit much else. Float tube also blocked my rearview vision. Gas mileage was 16/22. Headroom was so-so. What I liked was that everything could be locked inside. It was easier to drive around town and get into some tight spots parking-wise in town or out fishing. I like the truck because I have good visibility since I'm higher up. Stinky things can stay out of the cab. Float tube fits easily in bed and does not interfere with my rear vision. Truck is less secure at moment as I don't have a tonneau cover or cap, but I'm fine with that for now. Mileage is supposed to be 15/21. the headroom is awesome and I like the quietness and power of my 5.3 liter V8;
     
  7. IveofIone

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    Roper, you are getting soooo close to retirement-a paid for low mileage 4X pickup in perfect shape will just be gold when you finally pull the pin. I'd do nothing until the Lazy B is in the rear view mirror. You might want to take some fishing or hunting trips that are several days duration and having a truck to sleep in is a huge plus. With your woodworking skills you can build a camping insert package similar to mine and live in comfort on the road. A really nice utility trailer can be built up for under $750. Other options for retired life are a small travel trailer or a pop up camper similar to a Four Wheel.

    But getting rid of a perfect truck and for some reason needing another one later is an expensive proposition. I read a test today of a 2013 F-150 SuperCab 4X equipped almost exactly like yours. The big difference was it had the Ecoboost engine in it but for the type of driving you do and the loads you carry the 2013 won't do anything better. List price for this thing was $49,835! That is some tall coin for a half ton with a 6 1/2' bed.

    Ive

    Chironomid fishing-the angling equivalent of turkey hunting
     
  8. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Good points Ive, the major reason I started thinking about it is the Mrs. would like one less vehicle in the driveway and on the insurance bill. Other than that, you're right what's paid for is an asset not to be screwed with.
     
  9. KerryS

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    One more thing in regards to vehicles; gas is cheap. Gas costs less than bottled water. I can put over two gallons of regular in my truck for the cost of a double cheese burger, fries and a shake. That two plus gallons of gas will get me to work and back for most of a week driving my great big, oversized, gas guzzling 4x4 truck.
     
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  10. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    Kerry-what the hell kind of bottled water do you drink in Sedro Woolley? If gas was cheaper than bottled water over here it would be $.86 a gallon instead of $3.79.
     
  11. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Kerry's probably drinking that fancy stuff!:p
     
  12. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    If I walk into a grocery store and buy bottled water, lets say Aquafina 1 liter/1.05 qt, a common brand. I will pay anywhere from $.99 to $1.99 for a bottle depending on the store. That would be just shy of $4.00 a gallon at the cheapest price. I paid $3.59 a gallon for regular this morning at Costco. Forty cents cheaper.
     
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  13. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    Jim's right-you are drinking that fancy stuff! I have a receipt in front of me from last weeks shopping trip that shows I bought a 6 -1 gallon case of spring water for $5.28 or 88 cents a gallon. I would submit that buying a gallon for 88 cents and filling 4 one liter bottles would save you about $3 per gallon and shorten the road to retiremant in the process.

    I will concede though, that if we had to buy our gas in 1 quart plastic containers it would probably cost more like $7.50 a gallon.
     
  14. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I got gas the other day and Paid $3.14.9 a gallon.
     
  15. KerryS

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    Fucking bullshit. Aquafina is about as generic as you are going to get. I guess when I'm on my next fishing trip and need some fucking water I'm going to stop at the store and buy 6 fucking gallons. Fuck me. I make enough money I don't need to resort to fucking cheap ass shit like that and most people arn't going to do what you suggest anyway. Get fucking real.
     
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